History Never Stops: An Interview with Carrie Johnson

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LaCrosse Local, an Arts and Food podcast hosted by River Travel Media, featured the Winona County Historical Society and interviewed its Executive Director, Carrie Johnson. The Historical Society has been collecting and sharing Winona’s history since 1935 and the main exhibit hall features all things old, the Laird Norton addition features a gallery of all things art and the Museum Shop carries all things new. It was Johnson’s idea to create the art gallery in the main lobby this year to showcase Winona County’s cultural heritage through local art and to have “new and fresh” rotating art exhibits while the permanent exhibits go through a makeover in an upcoming Legacy project. “It is time to change the voice and how we share the history of Winona County.”

With the 26 river boat dockings this summer, the WCHS has provided guided tours of Winona attractions and hotspots; by the way, Winona did have a red light district!

History Never Stops at the History Center so stop by the Center and see for yourself the extraordinary historic and modern buildings that is “home to a wide variety of exhibits about our area’s past that include local businesses, the lumber industry, architecture, early human life, native peoples, geology, stained glass, wartime, the arts, transportation, our area’s cultural heritage, the Mississippi River and more!”

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